Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal feature in men’s quarter-finals on day 9 at Wimbledon 2018

Three men with 13 Wimbledon titles between them – Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafa Nadal – are all in quarter-final action.

And with three Europeans, two North Americans, one African, one Asian and one South American, it is only the second time in the Open era that five continents have been represented in the last eight here. And five are over 30.

King Roger Federer is shunted out to Court 1 for the first time since 2015 in the opening match against Kevin Anderson. The defending champion has a 4-0 record against the world No.8 but they have never played on grass.

If Federer wins in straight sets, he will have won 35 consecutive sets at Wimbledon and break the record he set in 2005 and 2006.

Roger Federer takes on Kevin Anderson
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The top match-up sees world No.1 Rafa Nadal face world No.4 Juan Martin Del Potro.

The Spaniard, who has reached the last eight for the first time since 2011, is facing a top-five opponent on grass for the first time since he lost to No.2 Novak Djokovic in the final that year. Could be a classic.

Andy Murray has backed Novak Djokovic to win his first Grand Slam for two years – and the Serb is showing signs of his old form on the grass this summer.

The No.12 seed takes on Kei Nishikori who has reached the Wimbledon quarter-finals for the first time. Murray will be commentating on the matches today for the BBC alongside Tim Henman.

Rafa Nadal has a tough task in the last eight clash
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The fourth quarter-final promises to be a serving battle between John Isner and Milos Raonic. Both men have banged down more than 100 aces this Wimbledon and expect very few breaks – and lots of tiebreaks. Montenegro-born Canadian Raonic, the 2016 finalist, is coached by Croatian Goran Ivanisevic.

Jamie Murray went out of the men’s doubles last night but he is back in action in the third match on Court 2 in the mixed doubles with Victoria Azarenka. They play No.12 seeds Matwe Middelkoop of the Netherlands and Swede Johanna Larsson.

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